Paul C. Levin


Paul Levin’s practice includes all aspects of real estate transactions, including purchase and sale, leasing, and land use entitlements, with a particular focus on seeing projects through from beginning stages to completion.

Prior to joining the firm, Paul was an associate in the real estate group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and worked for Edgemoor Real Estate Services, a division of the Clark Construction Group, focusing on real estate development and public-private partnerships.

Paul is a contributing author of the firm’s Unfamiliar Terrain blog, which provides insights into the complex Bay Area land use landscape.

Paul is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the ULI Young Leaders Group and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR). He is also a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), a past chair of BASF’s Barrister’s Environment, Land Use and Real Estate section, and a member of the Public-Private Infrastructure subsection of the California state bar association. Paul served as the Vice-Chair of the Green and Sustainable Transactions Committee of the Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law of the American Bar Association.

Paul is a member of the Leadership San Francisco Class of 2018 and serves on the board of directors of the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (Tel-Hi).  He was honored with a Coblentz Pro Bono Award in 2017.

He is a LEED Green Associate and served on the USGBC Northern California chapter’s committee that determined the regional priority credits now included in LEED v4.

Paul earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2009, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. He graduated cum laude from Yale University in 2005, where he earned his B.A. in political science with an interdisciplinary focus on urban development.

Purchase and Sale

  • Represented the purchaser on the acquisition and financing of a $160 million, eight-building complex in Andover, Massachusetts, along with several related parcel sales.
  • Represented the purchaser on the acquisition and financing of a $145 million, four-parcel campus outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, including related construction and design contracts.
  • Represented the purchaser on the acquisition of a 250 unit apartment complex in the San Jose, California area.
  • Represented the developer of Market Square on the acquisition and entitlements related to two key buildings totaling over one million square feet of office and retail space in San Francisco’s Mid-Market district. The project was developed for technology start-up tenants and is the headquarters for Twitter. The project won a 2012 “Deal of the Year” award from the San Francisco Business Times.
  • Represented Mission West Properties in the $1.3 billion sale of over seventy properties in Silicon Valley. This deal was named the Biggest Commercial Real Estate Deal of 2012 by the San Jose Business Times.
  • Represented the purchaser of an entitled development site in Santa Clara, California. Represented the seller in the sale of a portfolio of three buildings in the Seattle metro area totaling over 830,000 square feet of office space.


  • Represented a major retailer in lease negotiations to become the anchor tenant in a new historic, mixed-use district in San Francisco.
  • Represents a large property owner in the leasing and development of retail and restaurant spaces.
  • Represented the developer of The Yard at Mission Rock in lease negotiations with Anchor Steam, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, North Face, and others.


  • Represents an acclaimed post-secondary school in the development of a new educational space and student housing project in the heart of San Francisco.
  • Worked for the developer of the UCSF Sandler Neurosciences Building on the construction and development of 237,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.  The project was delivered as a public-private partnership where the developer designed, built and assisted UCSF in the financing of the building, and manages the building. The deal won the San Francisco Business Times 2013 “Deal of the Year” award for New Research & Development and was a finalist for the San Francisco Business Times 2011 Public-Private Partnership “Deal of the Year” award.
  • Represented a public agency on development agreements, ground leases, and deal structuring for transit-oriented development projects across the Bay Area.
  • Represents schools and colleges across the Bay Area on land use and permitting matters.

Construction and Design

  • Represents a large technology company on construction and design matters for the development of new office campuses, including almost 1 million square feet of new space.
  • Represented the Boys and Girls Club on the expansion of the club’s site in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.
  • Represents an affordable housing developer on construction contracts for multi-family projects across the Bay Area.
  • Represents architects on design agreements for commercial and residential projects.